Andrew Weissman, an attorney working for special counsel Robert Mueller, praised former acting Attorney General Sally Yates for refusing to enforce President Trump’s travel ban, emails released Tuesday reveal.
“I am so proud. And in awe. Thank you so much. All my deepest respects,” Weissman wrote to Yates on Jan. 30. That same day, Yates told the Justice Department not to defend an executive order banning immigration from seven nations, an act which eventually led to her dismissal by President Trump.
The emails were obtained by conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
“This is an astonishing and disturbing find. Andrew Weissman, a key prosecutor on Robert Mueller’s team, praised Obama DOJ holdover Sally Yates after she lawlessly thwarted President Trump,’ Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. “How much more evidence do we need that the Mueller operation has been irredeemably compromised by anti-Trump partisans? Shut it down.”